After 2 years of setting up and running an evolving permaculture system on our 1.5 acre rented property, Juergen and I have decided that it’s time to move on… in search for a more permanent place / arrangement where we can sink our roots in, pour our love into, and build community. Where exactly this place will be is still very much up in the air, but we’ve given ourselves a whole year, from September 2011 onwards, to travel and learn about new ways, and old ways of sustaining and enriching life in a regenerative and ecological way. A large chunk of our travels will be within Australia, the Mecca of Permaculture and home to the founders of Permaculture, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Follow us on our journey at our travelogue: http://wanderingseeds.wordpress.com/
Saying good bye to a special place, built from the goodness of many people…
When I started the Embun Pagi project as a personal experimentation ground for permaculture in practice in early 2008, I had no idea that I would end up running 3 full fledged Permaculture Design Courses, which helped certify 60 students, both local and international in Permaculture Design. This has been a joyful and enriching responsibility to take on, and I am so grateful for the opportunity, and the capacity to do so.
In our small 200 sq. metre kampung house (village house), we’ve managed to accommodate up to 20 people at a time, for a consecutive 2 whole weeks when we ran our PDC’s (Permaculture Design Courses). This would not have been possible without a few gifts, which I feel indebted to mention here, and express my gratitude for the universal blessings that brought together the amazing people, time and circumstances that created little pocket of opportunities for actualising these gifts. Thank you , thank you, to all involved!
The first gift is being able to do a PDC at a time when there were none being offered in Malaysia. Thank you to the US Embassy in Malaysia for offering the IVLP to me, which paid for my flight tickets to the US, where I did my PDC
The second gift is the 2000 USD tuition fees for the PDC, which was sponsored by lovely people who believed in my cause. Thank you beautiful people.
The third gift is the privilege of having supportive parents, without whom none of this would be possible. Thanks mom and pa.
The fourth gift is the offer made by my PDC co-teacher from the USA, Doug Crouch to come and teach a PDC in Malaysia. Within three months of set-up, we went full on into hosting the first PDC in Malaysia! Thanks Doug Crouch, Kaila Binney and Gautier Gras.
The fifth gift is the cutlery, tables and chairs donated by my restaurateur relatives, Andrew, Petrina and their family. Thank you all.
The sixth gift is the 14 solid hard wood double decker beds and accompanying mattress, pillows, sheets, blankets that was given to us by the IJ sisters when they closed their retreat centre in Ampang. Thank you especially to my mom for making the connections, and to Sr. Stella for making it possible. I used to go for youth camps at the IJ retreat centre, and had slept on those very same beds… dreaming of living a life, connected the the earth. Dreams do come true… as with these beds which I was so earnestly wishing for but could not afford to buy. Thank you Sister Stella, and the IJ Sisters!
The seventh gift is Juergen’s arrival, whom like I’ve told many … he dropped down from the sky, when I was at the brink of giving it all up after falling ill. I had contracted some sort of virus that left me bed-bound for several months. The garden was being overtaken by weeds, and beginning to look like a jungle. When Juergen popped by for a couple of weeks to volunteer, and decided to stay on and help me; he gave the place a new vigour, and we started to work seriously on developing the permaculture elements on the site. And, since then, we’ve had many, many more blessings…
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers and woofers, who have left us with the labour of their work, imparted their knowledge and kills, created a sense of community, and lots of good memories.
Our teachers: Doug Crouch, Kaila Binney, Gautier Gras, John Champangne & his wife Sharon, Christian Shearer, Greg Knibbs, Chakra Widia
Tei (Myanmar), Majid (Myanmar), Wanto (Indonesia), the PLC gang, Fatima (Portugal), Sumei Toh (Malaysia), Felicity (Malaysia), Javier (from Columbia), Patrick (Switzerland), Natalie (S.Korea), Steve (US), Conrad (US), Darren (Ireland), Jana (Dublin), Valerie (Germany), Igor (Poland), Thilaga & Yu Han and the rest of the FNB group, Franny (Australia), Hota (Spain), Adam (US), Sarah (Belgium), Scott (us), Jade (Australia), Stony (US), Rocky (us), Brian (us), Thilly (Malaysia), Xana (Portugal), Steven (us), Gerda & Joachim ( Germany), Yvonne ( Australia), Seco (Sweeden) , Sophia & Yannis (Austria & Italy), Jeff & Shao (Malaysia), Terry (Malaysia), Dolly (Myanmar),Amie (US) Asha (Malaysia), Taiga (US), Roni (Finland), Zacharias (Malaysia), Ika (Malaysia), Wan (Malaysia), Saiful (Malaysia), Magdalene (Malaysia), and our charming David Nadeson who passed away a few months ago.
In case we’ve left out some names, a big thank you to all those who were not mentioned.
Sabina & Juergen